Restaurants, bars to sell liquor to go until October

B.C. restaurants and bars will be able to continue to sell liquor to go until Oct. 31.

The provincial government has extended the temporary authorization allowing businesses with food-primary and liquor-primary licences to sell and deliver packaged liquor products, alongside meal purchases, for off-site consumption.

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The authorization was set to expire Wednesday.

Prior to the measure, restaurants and bars were in general allowed to sell liquor only for consumption at their establishments. The sale of alcohol for off-site consumption has provided businesses with an additional source of revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province is also extending an authorization that allows for increased hours of retail liquor service. Extended hours will remain in place until Aug. 31.

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